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Matthew West



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Title: Tingari Cycle (My Country)
Artist: Matthew West Tjuppurula
Size: 110 x 50 cm unframed
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

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Matthew’s work depicts the stories of the Tingari cycle (sacred and secret songs about the ancestors ). Tingari are the legendary beings of the Pintupi people that travelled the desert performing rituals, teaching law, creating landforms and shaping what would become ceremonial sites. He uses only four colours at most, sticking to earthy, ochre colours to reflect the desert landscape.

The places he depicts in his paintings are part of his traditional country, jagged lines represent the tracks of the Tingari men as they passed through the area. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given. 
Generally the Tingari are a group of ancestral beings of the Dreaming who travelled over the vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. including Marruwa, Mintarnpi, Wanapatangu, Mina Mina, Naami, Yarrawangu and Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). These were places where the ancestors stopped for ceremonies when travelling across the country.The meanings behind Tingari paintings are multi-layered, however, those meaning are not available to the uninitiated.

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